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Parenting an Addicted Parent: How Children of Parents With Substance Use Disorders Are Affected

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the most fundamental relationship in a child’s life is between a child and parent or caregiver. Positive parenting behaviors increase closeness between parents and their children, while negative parenting behaviors create distance. Typically, parents make decisions for children when they are young. However, when children…

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Factors of Empowerment: The Importance of Empowering Women in Recovery

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), empowerment-based interventions can benefit women in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). Empowerment involves gaining confidence, particularly in one’s self and one’s life. Although women’s use of drugs and alcohol is statistically less than men, women report more problems with substance use…

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The Costs of Substance Abuse

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, over $600 billion is spent each year in the United States due to substance abuse. The abuse of substances such as alcohol and drugs incur costs related to decreased work productivity, crime, and subsequent court costs and health care. Consequently, substance abuse treatment may help reduce these…

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Why People are Afraid to Enter Addiction Treatment

Most people who need help with addiction don’t get it. One study found that fewer than 25 percent of Americans with a substance use disorder get any sort of treatment. [https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/10-percent-us-adults-have-drug-use-disorder-some-point-their-lives] Some of those people lack access to care, either because they live in rural areas or they believe they can’t afford it. However, many…